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What About The Rinaldo Hits From Last Night?

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

It is also true that Rinaldo approached Volchenkov from the middle slot with speed. While this “distance traveled” is language used to determine charging under Rule 42, Zac Rinaldo created a legal approach when he glided a remaining number of feet prior to delivering his check on Volchenkov.  The contact Rinaldo made on Volchenkov would also be considered legal since Rinaldo’s hands and elbows did not come beyond an acceptable level nor did he make contact with Volchenkov’s head. With the “glide factor” eliminating a charging infraction this was just a good, hard body check; albeit with added incentive and purpose after Schenn was hit!

A bit of a pattern develops here when Zac Rinaldo took out Dainius Zubrus, another payback recipient, with a low bridge hip check (video link) just above the knees. While kneeing was initially reported on the call, interference appears on the official score sheet as Pierre Maguire of NBC correctly pointed out at the time. This was a needless and dirty play.  The puck was in the opposite corner of the rink as Zubrus cut around the net and was low bridged by Rinaldo. I can appreciate the fact that the refs would not want to put the game on the line by assessing a five-minute major penalty for clipping even though Zubrus appeared shaken up on the play and was attended to.

more and watch both hits below…

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The only thing I don’t like about the first hit is the small jump he makes.

Posted by James Mirtle from Toronto on 05/09/12 at 04:41 PM ET

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He is a dirty dirty player.

Unsuspended elbox on Burtuzzo—> Here

Hit on Galiardi—> Here

Hit on Ericsson—> Here

Hit on O’Reilly—> Here

Maddness against Michalek—> http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=rinaldo+pittsburgh&view=detail&mid=9E5702330093EABD2F469E5702330093EABD2F46&first=0


What is insane is this is his first year in the NHL.  He is a reckless thug.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/09/12 at 05:09 PM ET

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The first hit was violent but clean. The second hit was vile and absolutely ridiculous. The play was on the opposite side of the ice, Zubrus had long given up the puck, and it was a dangerous and illegal low hit. There is no hockey reason to deliver that hit. Because the intent was so clear I think Rinaldo should get a 2 game suspension starting next season. Given his history you could even argue for slightly more severe punishment. However, I expect nothing because Zubrus returned to the game.

Posted by Dave on 05/09/12 at 05:11 PM ET

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“I can appreciate the fact that the refs would not want to put the game on the line by assessing a five-minute major penalty”

This is what really bothers me about officials.  You hear that theory a lot.  The official did not want to make a call that would have a big effect on the game.  So by watching a penalty occur and not calling it, doesn’t that have a big impact on the game as well?  Maybe thats just my way of thinking.  Just drives me crazy when officials do that.  Then you hear “officials are just letting them play”.  This always comes back to haunt them in the end.  They let little stuff go all game, and then call an iffy penalty.  In turn having a huge effect on the game.  If you dont want to make the tough calls, dont be an ref.

Rinaldo is not even worth talking about.. The game last night was the exact same as every one he plays. Between him, and Schenn.. i think both will be very familiar with Shannys office by time their careers are over.

Posted by J from PITT on 05/09/12 at 05:51 PM ET

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Lets not forget the hit that he put on Horton that ended the Bruins forwards season. That was a high hit to the head as well.

Posted by goon from Grand Forks, ND on 05/09/12 at 05:51 PM ET

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Because the intent was so clear I think Rinaldo should get a 2 game suspension starting next season. Given his history you could even argue for slightly more severe punishment. However, I expect nothing because Zubrus returned to the game.

Posted by Dave on 05/09/12 at 03:11 PM ET

The hit was dirty. As such the player should be suspended.

Just because the player was not injured should have no impact at all on punishment. What else will deter guys like Lucic-Rinaldo-Torres-Carcillio from doing it over and over again?

Nothing so far.
Thanks Shana-sham. A$$ Kisser.

Thanks Gary. A$$.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! in ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/09/12 at 06:27 PM ET

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First one’s legal, though pointless.

Second one’s complete crap. No puck anywhere near the guy and he finishes him as hard as he can as low as he can without falling over.

Next guy who needs a Torres/Cook/Simon suspension is this guy. It’s amazing he’s done so much garbage in 4 minutes of ice time per game in a single year. Those other guys played a regular shift and it took them a decade to put together rap sheets long enough to get lifetime achievement awards.

Posted by larry from pitt on 05/09/12 at 06:28 PM ET

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Just because the player was not injured should have no impact at all on punishment.

Too bad injury is one of the official criteria for determining the length of a suspension. It may not be right, but that’s how they wrote it up.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/09/12 at 06:34 PM ET

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Too bad injury is one of the official criteria for determining the length of a suspension. It may not be right, but that’s how they wrote it up.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/09/12 at 04:34 PM ET

Time for an addendum. Or, a new rule.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! in ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/09/12 at 07:08 PM ET

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He was just a ticking time bomb last night.  Shocked he didn’t get thrown out of the game.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 05/09/12 at 08:02 PM ET

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